WAGA appears to have solved its morning Road Warrior problem with perhaps the second-best solution at its disposal. Sidestepping our superior suggestion, WAGA has engaged the services of some of its utility-player talent, and deputized each of them for once-a-week yuks on Good Day Atlanta.
This puts its bench of non-primary weather and sports talent in roles outside of their normal comfort zone. But they’ve adapted well.
The Road Warrior is an individual who visits remote locations with a camera and live microphone, and yaks it up with whomever is interesting on the scene. Weekend weathercaster Joanne Feldman showed up at the Chattahoochee Nature Center earlier this month. A good sport, Feldman even donned bouncy antennae in honor of a planned release of butterflies.
The roster also includes Cheryl White, Buck Lanford, Jeff Hill and Karen Graham. Hill’s dry wit is among the few good reasons to actually watch GDA. He’s an excellent counter-balance to the high-fructose corn syrup constituting much of the rest of the show.
The best of the Road Warriors is probably Karen Graham. Graham recently dined from chow prepared by an acclaimed chef named Dwayne Hairston. It’s usually no fun to watch TV folks eat on-camera. Graham, however, is engaging and down-to-earth. And she’s not afraid to tell the chatty studio anchors to shut up.
Feldman and Graham start their work-weeks on Saturdays, doing evening shifts anchoring the 10pm news. The 5am arrival in midweek is undoubtedly jarring. But the work appears to be mostly undemanding and is probably a refreshing respite from weather and sports. When WAGA extends GDA to a fourth hour in a few weeks, it’ll have a solid bench of Road Warriors behind them.